Hektoen International

Hektoen Essay Contest


We invite you to submit an essay of 1,500 to 2,000 words on a subject related to medicine and culture by March 1, 2014. Suggested topics include medicine and art or literature, history of medicine, ethics, music, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, etc. Clinical studies or case reports are not eligible.

We will be offering two prizes:

  • The Hektoen Grand Prix, for the winner – $1,500
  • The Hektoen Silver Prize, for the runner-up – $1,000

Essays should be 1,500 to 2,000 words and up to three images are allowed. Each participant may submit only one piece. Articles must be received by March 1, 2014. The winner will be announced in June 1, 2014 and published in the Summer 2014 issue. Selected others will be featured throughout the year. For more details, please consult our guidelines below.


General guidelines

  • The contest is open to participants 18 years or older.
  • Please send articles to contest@hektoeninternational.org and write “ESSAY” and the title of your submission in the subject line of your email.
  • Submissions will be read by the editors of Hektoen International and peer-reviewed. Entries that do not receive prizes may still be published in the journal.
  • All entries must be received by March 1, 2014. The winner will be announced by email on June 1, 2014.
  • If you choose to enter both the Vesalius Prize and the Hektoen Essay Contest, you must enter pieces on different topics.
  • If you have questions, please contact contest@hektoeninternational.org.



Articles must be unpublished, original work that relates medicine to the humanities and between 1,500 and 2,000 words in length. Each submission should include:

  • A cover page with:
    • Author(s) names, titles/degrees, professional affiliation, and location (as you would like it listed in the journal)
    • A biography no longer than 100 words
    • The author's contact information
  • Article text with:
    • The title and page numbers in the document header
    • The full text of the article in Times New Roman, font 11 and double-spaced. Please use the Chicago Manual of Style format (www.chicagomanualofstyle.org) or AMA Manual of Style format (www.amamanualofstyle.com).

Be sure to spell-check in American English prior to submission.


For examples of qualifying entries, please review the following articles:



Please make sure that your references are accurate before submission. Quotations should be referenced, as should related works cited in the text. References should be formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style or AMA Manual of Style, with the endnotes in numerical order.


File format/name

Please save the submission as the title (or abbreviated title) followed by the author's last name.

For the article "Big Hugh" by Dr. Smith, save as follows:

Big Hugh_Smith.doc



You may include up to three images with your article. If you include an image, please send a JPEG image and a Microsoft Word document with the following information:

  • Captions and source (address of website where you found the image)
  • If art, the title, medium, dimensions, and date of work as well as the artist's name, country of origin, and years of birth and death

If several illustrations are submitted with an article, please number each illustration in the order it should appear in the piece (e.g. Fig number_Name of item_artist's last name/source.jpeg).

For the illustration of the figure "Starry Night" by Vincent van Gogh save as follows:

Fig 1_Starry Night_van Gogh.JPG

For an illustration from the public domain, provide the source in lieu of the artist's name, as in the case of a photo of a beech tree from Wikipedia:

Fig 1_Beech tree_Wikipedia.JPG


Patient consent/confidentiality

Our confidentiality policy is based on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Please refer to this document if you have any questions: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/. Authors/artists should protect the confidentiality of all persons and not reveal personal details without their consent.

Review process

The editorial board and the journal editors review contributions for appropriateness of originality, style, and content. All reviewers and editors advise the Editor-in-Chief, who makes the final decision whether to publish the article.


Authors retain the copyright to their submissions to Hektoen International. However, we request that authors refrain from submitting their work for publication until the piece has been published online and archived (usually 4-5 months after publication). Authors are also requested to notify us and reference the Hektoen International website as the original publisher in subsequent publications of the article.

All submissions are presumed to be the stated author/artist's original work. Rights to images submitted for illustration should be acquired prior to submission.